Filibusters are defined as actions, such as long speeches, that stop a legislative assembly from progressing.(noun)
When senators give very, very long speeches to try to prevent a vote on a bill they do not want, this is an example of a filibuster.
See filibuster in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Sp filibustero < Fr flibustier, earlier fribustier < MDu vrijbuiter, freebooter
See filibuster in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Spanish filibustero, freebooter
Origin: , from French flibustier
Origin: , from Dutch vrijbuiter, pirate; see freebooter.
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